Chicago Clinical Professionals to be Honored at Sierra Tucson’s “Gratitude for Giving” Breakfast

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Sierra Tucson, an international leader in the treatment of addictions, mental/behavioral disorders, and pain management, celebrates professional clinicians in the Chicago area who make a difference through their work and dedication. Over 135 professionals will gather to honor colleagues who have been nominated and selected by fellow clinicians to receive Recognition Awards in 7 special categories.

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Sierra Tucson's founder is from the Chicago area, so we have always had a special connection with this community

On Friday, November 19, 2010, Sierra Tucson will host the Chicago “Gratitude for Giving” Breakfast to recognize clinical professionals and others for their considerable contributions to the Chicago community. The breakfast and ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. (registration at 8:00 a.m.) at W Chicago Lakeshore, 644 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois. Over 135 attendees are expected to join this celebration to pay tribute to their peers. Media are invited to attend free of charge.

The following individuals will be recognized for their years of service to others:

Compassion Recognition – Fatima Zehra Ali, M.D., Linden Oaks at Edward

Hope Recognition – Gregory Sarlo, Psy.D., Psychological Consultations

Humility Recognition – Denni David, LPC, M.Ed.

Pillar of the Community – Linda Lewiniak, LCSW, CAADC, Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital

Spirit Recognition – Randy Georgemiller, Ph.D., Georgemiller, Whyte & Associates

Vision Recognition – William Pinsoff, Ph.D., LMFT, ABPP, The Family Institute at Northwestern University

Gratitude Recognition – Vivian Meehan, R.N., ANAD

“Sierra Tucson’s founder is from the Chicago area, so we have always had a special connection with this community,” states Christi Cessna, Sierra Tucson’s Director of Clinical Outreach and Marketing. “For over 26 years, Sierra Tucson has continued to look for ways to give back to those who help so many people. We sponsor this inspirational event as a way to honor the passion of the recovery and behavioral health community.” Christi continues, “Clinicians typically will gather for educational purposes, but this is the only venue where we come together to honor the work that they do.”

Since 1983, Sierra Tucson has provided compassionate care and clinical excellence. Multi-licensed as a psychiatric hospital and residential treatment center, Sierra Tucson excels at treating coexisting disorders and has developed internationally renowned programs for Chemical Dependency, Eating Disorders, Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Pain Management, and Sexual and Trauma Recovery. In-depth assessment services are available on an inpatient or outpatient basis. Sierra Tucson has been awarded dual Accreditation by The Joint Commission and Pain Program Accreditation by the American Academy of Pain Management.

Located on 160 acres at the foot of the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson, Arizona, Sierra Tucson offers patients a beautiful, natural healing environment and the highest level of confidentiality. For more information about this premier treatment center, call 800-842-4487 or visit

Sierra Tucson is a member of CRC Health Group, the most comprehensive network of specialized behavioral care services in the nation. CRC offers the largest array of personalized treatment options, allowing individuals, families, and professionals to choose the most appropriate treatment setting for their behavioral, addiction, weight management, and therapeutic education needs. CRC is committed to making its services widely and easily available while maintaining a passion for delivering advanced treatment. For over two decades, CRC programs have helped individuals and families reclaim and enrich their lives. For more information, visit


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